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May 4

I happen to know the day is Wednesday.

What is this unearthly plant? [more inside]
posted by popcassady to Science & Nature at 4:10 AM - 3 answers

May 3

Do I mention a nasty personal rumor to a colleague at work?

Over the weekend a very nasty rumor regarding one of my colleagues at the office reached me, and I'm troubled about what to do. It would damage him if it reaches the wrong ears. Should I tell him that this rumor is making the rounds? Would you want to know? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb to Work & Money at 11:43 PM - 31 answers

Vegan traveling to New Orleans with non-vegan parents

So, have been vegan for just a little while now, and living in San Francisco, it's been great. However, I have a trip to New Orleans planned in a couple weeks which wouldn't worry me that much except I'm meeting my folks there and they're definitely not vegan. [more inside]
posted by garethspor to Food & Drink at 2:29 PM - 19 answers

Work Username Etiquette

Is it ever okay to ask someone what their LDAP work username stands for? [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada to Work & Money at 1:42 PM - 32 answers

Mechanism design

A simple mechanism made of two identical gears can be used to reverse the direction of rotation without changing the speed of rotation. Is there a simple planar linkage (e.g. 5-bar or 6-bar) with only rotary joints and rigid links that can do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth to Science & Nature at 12:48 PM - 15 answers

Minecraft minefields

Please help me understand minecraft pocket edition. My son is 7 1/2 years and initially I was fine with him playing minecraft. He was building stuff, planted carrots and had dogs, and was flying around. But suddenly he is using weapons. I put an immediate stop to it by banning minecraft. But I would like to find out if there is a way to get rid of the weapons and return to the childfriendly version as he really enjoyed it. [more inside]
posted by 15L06 to Computers & Internet at 11:55 AM - 21 answers

Please help the world's pickiest drinker drink.

What are your favorite drinks or cocktails that are both low carb and don't involve anything sugar-free? Even more caveats inside! [more inside]
posted by moons in june to Food & Drink at 11:21 AM - 43 answers

Living with ex. It's going well. How do I keep it going?

How do I keep this going?---We're best friends living together--2 gay men---after 7 year relationship . My mental health nosedived, I got angry 24/7,my lover became a caretaker who kept me from worst impulses--he quit his job for years just to deal with my harmful ways. But now we have a house, lots of dogs, a fledgling business. Finally getting the right help, I've stopped playing destructive head games. I miss partner but best friends thing is actually working better than much of the relationship did. We actually talk more, get along better. what gives? [more inside]
posted by caveatz to Human Relations at 10:27 AM - 15 answers

Hiring a personal trainer/nutritionist while sick?

I've suffered from a chronic illness for many years. I've come to the conclusion that I need to jump off the endless doctor visit merry-go-round and focus on pain management and quality of life instead. I think a personal trainer would help with that, but I don't know anything about them. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible to Health & Fitness at 4:20 AM - 12 answers

May 2

Is My Computer Infected?

Today, I was on my Windows laptop and a command prompt window opened, which changed from red text to green text really quickly, almost too quickly to catch. I wiped and re-installed Windows, and now, the same command prompt popped up again! Screenshot: here. Is my computer infected? How can this be with a full wipe and re-install?
posted by xingcat to Computers & Internet at 9:03 PM - 7 answers

Magical Unicorn Carrot

So, last year I applied for an internal position for a different department... [more inside]
posted by museum of fire ants to Work & Money at 7:53 PM - 13 answers

SCALP ITCH OF DOOM (but no dandruff)

Can you please recommend a shampoo that will help me with my itchy scalp? No-poo is not an option - reasons why and other hair details inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Health & Fitness at 7:44 PM - 29 answers

Surviving territorial pissings

I have been put in charge of beautifying a tiny patch of land in nyc, what should I plant in it? [more inside]
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity to Home & Garden at 7:20 PM - 7 answers

The war on daydreaming

I have been working on meditating. It's definitely helped me in several ways. But now this app is telling me to stop daydreaming. I love daydreaming. I'm conflicted! Can I ignore this? [more inside]
posted by Kalmya to Religion & Philosophy at 7:03 PM - 18 answers

Flying with kids, how paranoid do I need to be about safety?

We're flying with two small kids in a month. The younger is barely under two, and we planned on taking her as a lap child because the tickets are $$$, and it'd be nice if the four of us could sit together in a three seat row. And we're driving on the other end, so we had planned to check both kids car seats. The internet is making me feel like this plan is tantamount to letting them play with bottlerockets, matches and switchblades in a highway medium, and that I am an unfit mother who doesn't love her children for even considering it. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper to Travel & Transportation at 4:07 PM - 27 answers

How do I deal with my in-laws' rejection of my veganism?

I've been vegetarian for 25 years; mostly vegan for 4-5. I don't claim to be vegan but I don't eat or cook meat (I am our family's homemaker). Almost all of my friends/relatives are not vegetarian or vegan. Most are fairly considerate when sharing a meal. Whenever I share a meal with my in-laws however, there is little consideration of my veganism, and most of the food includes meat. How can I deal with the perceived hostility, and how can I get enough to eat? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm to Human Relations at 3:59 PM - 88 answers

Holocaust museum and water bottles

I'm visiting DC, and visited the Holocaust Museum today. I had an unsealed bottle of water, which I was allowed to bring in. However, the security officer asked me to take a sip of it first. Why is that? A Google search wasn't very insightful. Thanks!
posted by cozenedindigo to Law & Government at 3:13 PM - 8 answers

Please help me find my favorite Inc. trousers (Ladie's edition)

My favorite pants, the ones I'd wear to work every day if I had more than one pair, have seemingly been discontinued. Please help me replace them. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:53 PM - 7 answers

Sporadic or unpredictable payroll?

I've got a web development firm classified as a single-member LLC filing as S-Corp, and as such I pay myself a regular salary. It's just that for the past year I've been on sabbatical, and my salary has dropped to near zero. [more inside]
posted by jacob to Work & Money at 12:30 PM - 4 answers

I want an ebook app (for mac) that does these things.

I've read a lot of reviews of ebook readers, but short of downloading all of them, it's hard to tell if they do what I want them to do. I also have a question about ebook devices. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi to Computers & Internet at 12:12 PM - 15 answers

In with the new

In June, I'll be moving out-of-state to take a management/director position. The person who holds the job now is retiring; he has asked me if there's anything he can do to help prepare for my arrival - he wants to make the transition as smooth as possible for me and his staff. If you've experienced something similar, what was helpful for you (or would have been helpful)? [more inside]
posted by infodiva to Work & Money at 11:03 AM - 4 answers

How to age and not become mentally/socially rigid and cranky?

My husband points out that as people age (40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond), they become cranky and rigid, and previously benign idiosyncrasies become more pronounced. Everyone in my family has died young, so I have little experience with this. What's the science behind this, and how can we avoid this happening?
posted by metarkest to Health & Fitness at 5:13 AM - 31 answers

How do I do this next bit? Moving on to a PhD.

I'm near the end of my Master's degree. I have one semester left which will be a research project with a 10k-word paper at the end. I know I want to go on to a PhD next but I dont know how this stuff works. [more inside]
posted by stellathon to Education at 1:10 AM - 8 answers

How do you find a really good professional organizer?

I am a messy, clutter-loving packrat and my partner is a minimalist. And we live in a one-bedroom apartment. Can a professional organizer help me/us? If so, how can I find a good one? (Does anyone have Seattle-area recommendations?) If you've done something like this, how has it worked out for you? [more inside]
posted by fermion to Home & Garden at 12:16 AM - 4 answers

May 1

Should I bring up an issue of listening skills after one date?

I value listening skills in a partner. I was surprised to find that a man who was responsive, curious and affirming via online message didn't bring the conversational energy I expected when we met in person. Can I communicate this to him after our first date? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres to Human Relations at 8:40 PM - 20 answers

Availibility / Reliability of Uber Family in NYC

My wife and I are taking our 17 month old to NYC for Memorial Day weekend. We are flying into and out of LGA, and our plan is to take public transit as much as possible, but to use Uber Family (which provides a car seat) to make a couple of key connections. We are especially concerned about the end of our trip, when must get from Midwood in Brooklyn to LGA. We'd like to use Uber Family, but we don't know how reliable it is in that area. [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian to Travel & Transportation at 8:05 PM - 8 answers

Am I acting like a child or do I have a legitimate complaint?

I just lost out on the chance to pick up some responsibilities at work that I really wanted and thought I was promised. Now, instead of enjoying my job like I used to, I am mostly am just upset. Are my feelings justified? Should I cut my losses and leave? [more inside]
posted by Krop Tor to Human Relations at 8:04 PM - 13 answers

unhive me

After 20 something years of never getting hives, I've now had three temporary attacks of hives in the past three or four months. Could you help me work out what is going on? Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit to Health & Fitness at 7:39 PM - 9 answers

Validate my itinerary! Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland

My partner and I are flying from the US into Melbourne on the first of July and leaving two weeks later. The arrival and departure flights are booked, and now we're looking to lock down our travel schedule within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand. How ambitious is this itinerary? [more inside]
posted by treefort to Travel & Transportation at 7:02 PM - 15 answers

Recommended exercises in preparation for Bach Partita in d minor

Violinists of mefi, can you suggest any etudes, scale studies, or other exercises that you have found helpful in preparation for playing the d minor partita? Thanks [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird to Media & Arts at 7:01 PM - 6 answers

Are radar detectors still useful?

I'm heading out on a US west road trip soon (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) and was digging out my old radar detector when it occurred to me that perhaps there isn't any point to them anymore. I haven't used it in about 5 years. My detector is an old BEL 980 (X, K, KA, and laser). I'm not interested in buying a new one. I typically disabled the X and K bands, too many false alarms. The laser warning never went off, not sure it even works. But 5-10 years ago the KA band warnings were very effective. Still worth hooking up for the trip?
posted by cosmac to Travel & Transportation at 5:14 PM - 4 answers

Which LA Beach vacation?

I want to take my family to the beach in LA for a vacation in July. Which beach will be less crowded and best for my daughter to dig giant sandcastles? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps to Travel & Transportation at 3:22 PM - 10 answers

London! Wine us, dine us... er, we'll take care of the rest.

Romantic evening in London in mid-May. I'd like some recommendations on classy restaurants. [more inside]
posted by SquidLips to Food & Drink at 2:15 PM - 8 answers

Travel suggestions in Italy

we are driving around in Italy this month and would love suggestions for the must-see, the off-beaten-track, the delicious [more inside]
posted by supermedusa to Travel & Transportation at 1:04 PM - 10 answers

iPhone weirdness: please explain

Mr. BlahLaLa and I each have an iPhone 4s -- same phones we've had for years. Just in the last few days we're experiencing a weird phenomenon when both phones ring at once. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Technology at 12:06 PM - 6 answers

Things to do in Brussels?

Have a long weekend in Brussels, any suggestions of things to do? [more inside]
posted by photo guy to Travel & Transportation at 11:12 AM - 8 answers

How to include personal busy/free in work google calendar?

How can I make my personal and work google calendars play nice together? I'd like to avoid having work meetings scheduled when I have personal commitments with a minimum of effort. [more inside]
posted by Cogito to Computers & Internet at 8:11 AM - 7 answers

Vacation locations with no cars, anywhere in the world?

I took my family to Venice (Italy) recently, and one of the wonderfullest things about the trip was that there were no cars, which meant my kids could run around freely without having to worry about and stop for auto traffic. It made a world of difference to the experience. They were so happy and I was so relaxed. Where else in the world can we go where there are no cars? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Travel & Transportation at 7:53 AM - 34 answers

April 30

I love to make stuff. Why should I bother making stuff?

Help me make sense of why I continue to make stuff. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio to Media & Arts at 11:32 PM - 27 answers

What happened?

Me, a freewheeling abstractist who loves creating narratives; she, a ultra-present, literalist with eidetic memory who see things as they are. I pissed her off tonight, where did I go wrong? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo to Human Relations at 10:39 PM - 41 answers